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Montreal "Steak" Seasoning - Roger Mason
Montreal Steak Seasoning is the most popular beef seasoning of all. The commercial product you see (McCormick®) is a pale, overpriced imitation. It only has salt, pepper, red pepper, garlic, and paprika extract. You will never see this recipe anywhere else. If you use this on veggie burgers and other vegetarian foods, you'll be amazed at how much deep, complex flavor it adds. Good choices include Morningstar Grillers, Boca Burgers, Gardenburger, Beyond Meat, Hilary's Hot Dang, Amy's California, and Field Roast. In 2019 Burger King has Impossible Burgers, and TGIF has Beyond Burgers. Veggie burgers have come a long way in the last decade.
Here is the 10 ingredient recipe:
salt- 4 tbsp
black pepper- 1 tbsp
garlic powder or flakes- 1 tbsp
onion powder or flakes- 1 tbsp
coriander seeds- 1 tbsp
red pepper flakes (or cayenne)- 1 tbsp
rosemary- 2 tsp
dill- 2 tsp
thyme- 2 tsp
fennel seeds- 1 tsp
(mustard seeds- 1 tsp are optional)
You can get most of these at the Dollar Tree. You can get the rest on ebay cheaply, and usually with free shipping. Grind all this very well. Make a lot of it, and keep the excess in the freezer. Do not use paprika, as it oxidizes and ruins the taste. Most recipes include paprika, but you don't do this. Almost no recipes include the rosemary and fennel, but they are vital. Use all the ingredients. Use this generously, and not sparingly to really get the full taste of this unique combination.
You can also give this as a gift to your meat eating friends. You cannot buy this on the market. You must make this at home. Any market versions are worthless. When we go out for lunch and eat veggie burgers, we take a shaker and add it to them. Make creative delicious well flavored meals, and you won't miss things like meat. Use international recipes, especially Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Vietnamese. Eating healthy foods is never boring, as some people imagine. Whole foods taste much better than refined and junk foods.
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